A low flying Messerschmitt Bf 109 with a 1.475 hp Daimler-Benz DB
To fly low is a fantastic feeling and learn how to do
it safely is a very special experience. Imagine your
self flying at 200 feet above the ground at more than 155
mph! The ground and treetops passes by at a rattling speed,
and you are so close to the ground that you are able to see
both humans and animals without any problems, you can even
wave to them if you like. Unlike the World War II pilots,
you do not hunt down enemies, but an invisible line 200 feet
up in the air. The line goes in east-west direction and
should be followed, without autopilot, within a few feet
margin, both laterally and vertically, regardless of the
terrain below you. Through your windscreen the landscape
constantly changes, hills, mountains, valleys and suddenly a
deep canyon appears, and after that a small lake... Over the
past ten years the landscape has also been enhriched with a
new type of "forest" - mobile phone masts - often about 240
feet tall, that is slightly higher than your altitude. In
addition, birds flying around the airplane is also something
you have to have in mind when working on that altitude. All
these factors needs to constantly be keept in your mind. If
you lose your concentration for more than a few seconds
during the three to four-hour long sessions, you often end
up off course or losing your altitude... Find out more at
the section FlyLow and how life
appears for some of Sweden's most special pilots.
To restore an old car is also a special experience. In a barn, you
will find an old wreck that had been set aside for decades. It is completely
covered with dust and dirt and hopefully the engine ran the last time the car
was moved. When you open the door, you feel that special odor, that you only
find in these old abandoned cars. You manage to pull the old wreck up onto your
trailer and drive home happily to your workshop. After a few months, or years,
you are a lot poorer, but instead you can put your self behind the wheel, turn
on the ignition key, hear the engine run and finally roll out the car from the
workshop under its own power... That is also a fantastic feeling. Find out
more on how it is to restore old Mercedes-Benz wrecks at section
From August 2018 I have a new blogg. At johansmerca.blogg.se
you can continue to read about my restoration of a Mercedes-Benz 170 Vb from 1953.
Something else that has fascinated me for all these years is
the weather. Particularly interesting was it to witness
the amazing tropical storms that I experience during a period in the late 1990s when I
studied in the southern United States.
Several weather stations has since then
been installed at my home in Sweden, but none of these
stations have ever been able to report the weather onto the internet.
My current weather station, which was installed in summer 2013, are equipped with
special hardware and software and finally it got that possibility.
You can study the current weather in Märsta with graphs and tables at my
Hope all visitors will have a pleasant and interesting reading.